The Avid Embroiderer Presents - Let’s Do Fringe and check out the Freebie for you.

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I have been learning and working on how to digitize. My first attempts were mostly rather primitive, and I was delighted to get to the point of anything that would show actual embroidery. 

I’ve been looking at the tutorials and found directions on how to do fringe. It sounded easy. I am excited that my freebie will be a fringe. As with any unique stitch, there are tricks you need to follow. 

I really don’t know if other embroidery programs can do fringe. 

One trick you will need to determine is how to set your bobbin tension. In my blog a few weeks ago, I showed you how the bobbin thread alignment  for sewing purposes is different from the bobbin thread alignment used in embroidery sewing

I am not an embroidery program expert, but there are things I have learned and want to share that understanding. 

When I practiced this motif, I must have completed more than 30 discovery sews before I felt comfortable.  Adjusting the bobbin to a looser size helps make this more comparable to the other fringe flowers, assuming you are using this design multiple times.

In this case, check your owner’s manual to determine which way to turn the dial that actually governs the upper thread tension.  For this application, you want the bobbin thread slacked, therefore, you will be making that number higher NOT lower. 

As you are doing your practice attempts, I recommend you use a single color fabric perhaps muslin, with the upper thread being very dark or perhaps bright red or orange and the bobbin color, white. This allows you to see and make your small cuts on the underneath side. 

Remove the hoop from the machine but leave your fabric in the hoop. Turn the project upside down and with very small trim scissors, or nippers sever white bobbin thread. I cut about 2 or 3 mm at a time so that I didn’t cut into the actual fringe. 

Turn to the top side and with a butter knife (or similar), fluff the thread. I think the looped thread is terrific. But if you prefer a straight-edged fringe, before you fluff, gently cut the loops. Either looped or not, you may lose a few threads but with practice, you will be happy with the results.  

One of the design styles is 25 mm (1”) and the other 40mm (1.5”). I would discourage changing the size as your results may vary.   Live dangerously at your own risk. (LOL) 


If you trim the outer stitches, you will have a fringe that is not looped. You need to consider for whom and what purpose your project is aimed. For an item that will be washed frequently, fringe can be too delicate to survive heavy use. Loops could catch tiny fingers and toes and generally not suitable for a baby project. 

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